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November 17, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Report: Microsoft eyeing U.K. studio Bizarre

Steve Jobs finally landed the Fab Four, and now Microsoft may get the Bizarre 200. Or some of them, perhaps.

Gaming mag Develop is reporting that Microsoft has expressed interest in acquiring Liverpool, England, game studio Bizarre Creations. Or it may just be interested in picking up some of its 200 employees, who are being sacked by parent company Activision.

Bizarre created one of the early hits for the Xbox, the “Project Gotham Racing” franchise. This image is from PGR4, which was released in 2007 and gave players ultra-realistic road racing mixed with classics like sliding around Nurburgring in a Maserati 250F.

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But its most recent title, “Blur,” wasn’t much of a success and news surfaced Tuesday that Activision was closing the studio.

A Bizarre source told Develop that the situation was looking up after a staff meeting today, when word of possible new owners emerged.

“Microsoft aren’t stupid,” the source told Develop, “They know we’re talented and have spoken to Activision about us.”

Xbox spokesman David Dennis declined to comment, saying the company won’t comment on “rumors.”

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